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Chief of Indonesian central bank arrested on graft charges JAKARTA - The anti-corruption commission in Indonesia has finally arrested the country's central bank governor on graft charges, a spokesman for the body said Thursday. The watchdog, which has been investigating Burhanuddin Abdullah since last February over the alleged misappropriation of 100 billion Rupiah in bank funds, said he was taken in for questioning early Thursday and later arrested.

"He was officially arrested not long ago, at around 3:30 pm," Corruption Elimination Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi told. "He is under arrest in relation to suspicion of misuse of 100 billion rupiah (6.9 million euro) in funds from Bank Indonesia." According to Indonesian law, the Commission can detain suspects for investigation up to 80 days without charges being made against him.

"This detention is very sudden. I am disappointed," Abdullah, who has denied any wrongdoing, told journalists as he arrived at the national police headquarters on Thursday. The governor is due to step down next month at the end of a five-year term. He earlier indicated that he was not looking for continuation of his job and last Wednesday parliament agreed that minister Budiono was to succeed him.

Two other suspects in the case, the bank's legal affairs director Oey Hoeng Tiong and the former head of its communications bureau Rusli Simanjuntak, were detained in February and remain in custody. Bank Indonesia's board said it was "deeply concerned" by their detention. In a statement published on the BI website, it said it had "always fully respected the legal process" and shown "good intentions" during the KPK investigation."

Abdullah's lawyer Muhammad Assegaf said he would seek his client's release. "A suspect should only be detained if there are indications or concerns they might flee, destroy evidence or make the investigation difficult," he said. "Our client has always been cooperative during the investigation, and even after he was declared a suspect, he has continued to be invited to the presidential palace and to various international and national events."



Posted in General @ 11 April 2008 07:28 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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